Backyard Orchard News
The benches in the entomology greenhouse at LREC are being renovated in order to better support...
Gerry, Jose T. and Jose H. make improvements in the benches
He died too soon, a life cut short by a disease he never knew he had. It happened 14 years ago...
Gary Felton will speak on plant-herbivore interactions at the Thomas and Nina Leigh Distinguished Alumni Seminar. These are aphids on a rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A touch of Brazil and a desire to exchange science and technology...That's what will happen on the...
Jorge Almeida Guimarães, president of CAPES, Ministry of Education, will visit UC Davis May 23.
UC Davis professor Walter Leal, who does pheromone research on silkworm moths, examines a mulberry tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor Manuel Jimenez hosted the annual blueberry meeting and field day at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center today. The event attracted about 75 farmers and industry representatives.
Blueberry experts from Oregon and North Carolina joined University of California scientists to present the latest research findings on blueberry nutrition, blueberry disease management, blueberry pest management and blueberry postharvest research.
Manuel Jimenez leads a tour of his research planting.
California blueberries ready to be harvested.
Freelance reporter Cecelia Parsons, left, talks blueberries with UCCE farm advisor Manuel Jimenez.
A 17-day-old falcon, above, was displayed at blueberry day by falconer Fred Seaman, manager of Airstrike Bird Control.
It is not uncommon to enter a grocery store or local supermarket and see the same varieties of fruits and vegetables year round thanks to the convenience of artificial harvesting conditions as well as our growing dependence on foreign countries. Although sustaining the supply of our favorite fruits and vegetables, could both methods of production actually be accompanied by major costs?
When a fruit is out-of-season, it cannot be produced locally and is thus imported from elsewhere or it is grown in a heated greenhouse. Grocery stores and local supermarkets must thus incur the cost of importing by raising their prices. Unfortunately, the excitement of indulging in a juicy summer watermelon in the dead of winter still lures many consumers into buying out-of-season fruit, even if it means spending more money. Apart from the impact out-of-season fruit can have on your budget, the quality of the produce itself is not worth the extra money. The nutritional content and freshness of fruits and vegetables decrease from the moment they are harvested. Fruits that must be imported remain in storage containers or trucks for days, altering their vibrant colors, natural fragrances, juicy tastes, and healthy nutrients. Furthermore, the trucks and planes themselves that transport the food have a negative impact on the environment with their increased carbon footprints. However, if fruits were bought in season, then we wouldn't have to worry about the steep prices or extra carbon emissions invested in transporting food from elsewhere! Buying fruit out-of-season simply lacks the same benefits of buying fruit in season. Local produce is more fresh and - by extension - much healthier with its nutritional content and natural flavors still intact. Every season yields a delicious and gratifying variety of fruit; all it takes is the will to explore new options!
Buying fruit in season can have a positive impact on your health, budget, and sustainability. The following Fruit Seasonality Chart is an excellent tool to track when our favorite fruits are in season, conserving our health, wallets, and the environment!